Industry News: Fieldays worth $421 million to NZ economy

DSC_0380The positive economic impact of the National Fieldays held annually at Mystery Creek since 1968, can be felt far beyond the Waikato region says a Waikato University report.

The report was prepared by Dr Warren Hughes for The Institute of Business Research at Waikato University, says that visitor expenditure, equipment sales, and organisational expenditure at Fieldays tallied up to $138.20 million for the Waikato region, and for all of New Zealand the tally came to $421 million.

Waikato sales were up 8.2% from 2013, and sales for all of New Zealand rose by 13.7% from 2013. Continue reading “Fieldays worth $421 million to NZ economy” »

Industry News: ACC will cut levies in 2015

ACC_Logo_tricodedeeeeeeACC has a posted net surplus of $2.1 billion – $298 million ahead of budget – which will enable it to cut vehicle levies significantly in 2015.

The surplus helped reduce the gap between the scheme’s financial assets and claims liabilities to just $108 million.

The ACC annual report released yesterday shows the corporation’s financial assets and investments are worth $27.588 billion, while outstanding claims liability is equal to $27.696 billion. Continue reading “ACC will cut levies in 2015” »

Industry News: Australia’s best and worst secure cars


Engineers from the Australian-based NRMA (National Roads and Motorists Association) Insurance’s research centre have assessed more than 190 current-model cars across eight vehicle categories and scored them for security.

There is no equivalent research done in New Zealand, and as Australian and New Zealand models are broadly similar the NRMA findings will be of interest on this side of ‘the ditch’.

The results show that Audi, Mitsubishi and Jaguar scored highly on many security categories, while on the other hand Toyota, Honda and Nissan scored the lowest in various categories. Continue reading “Australia’s best and worst secure cars” »

Industry News: Advertising boob creates 517 accidents


A risqué mobile advertising display in Russia’s capital city Moscow created so many accidents in one day that local police have now impounded the 30 trucks emblazoned with the image of a woman’s breasts.

The massive billboard advertisements were placed on the side of the box body trucks, and featured a woman’s breasts cupped in her hands, with the slogan “they attract” written across her nipples.

The stunt was created by an advertising agency specialising in mobile advertisements but it didn’t go quite to plan. Continue reading “Advertising boob creates 517 accidents” »

Industry News: Woman charged with obtaining a car lease and $15,000 by deception

deceptionThe safety of online fundraising is in the spotlight after charges were laid against a woman alleged to have raised more than $15,000 for fictional cancer treatment.

The woman faces a charge of obtaining a lease of a car by deception – as well as three charges of obtaining pecuniary advantage totalling more than $15,000, by deception.

Police have charged a 23-year-old woman who fundraised on donation website Givealittle, claiming to have cancer according to the NZ Herald Continue reading “Woman charged with obtaining a car lease and $15,000 by deception” »

Industry News: New FT 50 confirms Toyota NZ’s commitment to motorsport


Toyota has marked its tenth anniversary of the ‘wings and slicks’ single-seater Toyota Racing Series by launching an all-new FT 50 race car designed in Italy by Tatuus.

It’s a multimillion dollar commitment by the New Zealand arm of Toyota Motor Corporation to continue a local motor-sport championship which will breed future Formula One drivers, such as Russian driver Daniil Kyvat who will replace Sebastien Vettel at Red Bull Racing.

Kyvat raced in the Toyota Racing Series in 2011, he finished fifth overall in the championship winning the Dan Higgins Trophy at Manfield, and he stepped on to the podium five times during that season. Continue reading “New FT 50 confirms Toyota NZ’s commitment to motorsport” »

Industry News: Commodore GTR specifically for Kiwis


Holden has released a limited edition Commodore designed especially for the New Zealand market.

To coincide with the launch of MY15 VF Commodore – along with the celebration of 60 years in New Zealand – the brand has created another limited edition GTR sedan, this time based on the VF series.

The company had previously carried out a similar and successful marketing exercise on the previous VE sedan some years ago, when Holden Australia executive director Peter Keeley was the boss of Holden NZ.. Continue reading “Commodore GTR specifically for Kiwis” »

Industry News: Dealer provides Porsche pair for Targa

The three Porsche Caymans which will be flying the Continental Cars' Porsche flag in the 20th anniversary Targa South Island event later this month. Photo credit: Continental Cars

The three Porsche Caymans which will be flying the Continental Cars’ Porsche flag in the 20th anniversary Targa South Island event later this month. Photo credit: Continental Cars

Auckland Porsche dealer Continental Cars is assisting this year’s 20th anniversary Targa South Island tarmac motor rally, providing a pair of Porsche Cayman S coupes to be used in the Targa Tour.

One will be driven by Tour leader Greg Paul, the other by company Porsche sales manager Luke Fisher and service manager Dean Huston.

The non-competitive Targa Tour has become an increasingly popular part of the annual Targa New Zealand event. Continue reading “Dealer provides Porsche pair for Targa” »

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